LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners has decided the county needs two assistant managers to oversee the administration of a growing number of county services and programs.
The commissioners voted unanimously Monday to do away with the position of General Services manager and add a second assistant manager to the county’s employee roster. Jason King is the current assistant county manager.
Robeson County had two assistant managers until the position of General Services manager was created a few years ago to be filled by Charles Britt, the county’s longtime Emergency Management director and fire marshal. As General Services manager, Britt was responsible for overseeing the county’s Emergency Management and Emergency Services departments, and the county’s communications center and general communication operations.
Britt retired at the end of December and the position has been held since then by Kellie Blue, the county’s finance director.
A second assistant manager is needed to oversee more county departments and programs, County Manager Ricky Harris said Tuesday.
“Both assistant managers will have more responsibilities than was allotted to the General Services manager,” Harris said. “As an example, whoever is hired as the second assistant manager will be more responsible for finances, taxes, the wellness center and HR (Human Resources). That person will also oversee the BB&T project and veterans services.”
The salary for an assistant manager who has no experience starts at $75,000 a year, Harris said.
The search for the second assistant county manager will begin immediately.
“We’re trying to get the advertisement for the position in the paper Wednesday or Thursday,” he said. “We’re also going to put the advertisement for the position online.”
He expects Blue will be one of the applicants for the job, Harris said.
“I think she is well-qualified to be an assistant county manager,” he said.